News launches in Thunder Bay, Ontario

An entrepreneur, hockey coach, and proud Thunder Bay father is spearheading a new Shop Local campaign in his hometown. On the right: Darrin Nicholas and son Nolan after a recent hockey tournament win.  Darrin Nicholas, a lifelong resident of this Northern Ontario community, is launching to support small businesses in the city and help combat cross-border shopping. Thunder [...]

By |2018-08-27T10:15:50+00:00April 12th, 2017|Launches|

3 Ways Businesses Can Spread the Local Love

We talk a lot at about why consumers should support local businesses, so this time we're going to switch it around. Let’s talk instead about why and how local businesses should support their customers, nearby businesses and sometimes their competitors (gasp!). 1. Wow Your Customers When your customer comes through your door, gives you [...]

By |2018-08-24T17:57:49+00:00February 27th, 2017|The Shop Local Movement|

A Millennial’s Guide to Shopping Locally

Millennials are the first generation on the planet to have grown up completely and totally connected to the world through a screen. And now, as they get older and find good -paying gigs, they are also the first generation to be targeted by algorithms and then inundated with online advertising for instant-ship goods that magically [...]

By |2018-08-24T18:02:14+00:00January 21st, 2017|The Shop Local Movement| crosses $1,000,000 in revenue!

As the network continues to expand, this week we're celebrating a milestone closer to home. We are proud to announce that our flagship local site,, has crossed one million dollars in total subscription revenue generated. was launched in April of 2000 as a guerrilla marketing campaign organized for local merchants by CEO, Colin [...]

By |2018-08-27T11:11:14+00:00November 29th, 2016|Company News|

We’re Growing Our Team: Welcome Wayne Desbarres!

As continues to grow across Canada, we are excited to announce that we're expanding our talented team to help move that growth forward seamlessly. Sales and marketing master Wayne Desbarres joins as our new Vice President of Local Growth & Success. Wayne spent the last eight years as a Director at the Regal [...]

By |2018-08-27T11:12:57+00:00November 24th, 2016|Company News|

World’s First Business Improvement Area Launches Platform

The world’s original Business Improvement Area (BIA) is celebrating another first as it works to encourage Toronto residents to spend their money locally in Bloor West Village. We are excited to announce the Bloor West Village BIA has purchased the rights to the platform to launch the first online-offline Shop Local campaign of its [...]

By |2018-08-27T11:14:58+00:00November 17th, 2016|Company News, Launches|